Award-winning not for profit care provider and NDIS local area co-ordinator Feros Care has released a new podcast series which aims to help members of the community see the world through the eyes of someone with a disability.
The 12-part series, called Grow Bold With Disability, is hosted by broadcaster Pete Timbs and Tristram Peters from Clickability, who speak to a range of guests who are either living with disability, caring for someone with disability or working in the space.
The 20-minute podcasts feature interviews including Kada Miller, a surfer with quadriplegia; amputee Priscilla Sutton, who creates art out of discarded prosthetics and disability advocate Carly Findlay.
Listeners will also hear from Rosanne Stuart, the mother of model Madeleine Stuart who lives with Down Syndrome, and former Big Brother winner Reggie Bird who has a son with cystic fibrosis.
Peters, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, says creating the podcast had unearthed some of his most interesting interviews in 20 years of journalism.
“These stories make you realise what is truly important in life – family, love, mateship, understanding, a helping hand, empathy, patience and being bold,” he says.
“I’m sure listeners of the podcast will find these stories fascinating and walk away with a better understanding of what life is actually like for people with disability.”
Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley says the podcasts reflect the organisation’s focus on breaking down stereotypes around ageing and disability.
“Being heard helps people to understand each other and in the digital era, podcasts are the perfect platform to start conversations that will hopefully resound across the nation,” she says.
“By telling these real stories, we aim to provide rare insights into disability and educate our listeners in the hope we can contribute in some small way towards creating a more inclusive society.”
Grow Bold With Disability is available on the Feros Care website, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast or Spotify.
*Image: Guest Reggie Bird with Tristram Peters (centre) and Pete Tims.